Son of Cuban exile hopes to unseat Virginia attorney general: 'This is a movement'

Son of Cuban exile runs for Virginia Attorney General

GOP attorney general candidate Jason Miyares discusses his fight against the ‘one-party’ rule in Virginia on ‘Fox News Primetime.’

Jason Miyares, the Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general vowed to restore a sense of law and order to the commonwealth if elected on Tuesday.

“If you want a politician, that’s my opponent,” he said. “If you want a prosecutor, I’m your candidate.

Miyares, whose mother fled to the U.S. from Communist Cuba, told “Fox News Primetime” Monday that minority communities, many of whom traveled to the U.S. in search of a better life, share the concerns of parents across the country when it comes to the safety and education of their children.

“They want the same things,” he said. “They are so concerned about what they are seeing with politicians playing political games with the safety of our kids and our schools. They’re so concerned about a parole board in Virginia letting out cop killers, murderers and rapists back on the streets early, and some of them committed more crime. They’re seeing inflation through the roof,” he said.

If elected, Miyares would be the first-ever Latino to serve as attorney general in the state.  

“In our polling, we are winning the Latino vote and so is Glenn Youngkin,” Miyares said. “We have really loved everybody into our campaign. It’s not about left or right in Virginia. It’s about a movement and common sense. And that’s why we’re winning independents by double digits.”

People wait in line on the last day of early voting in the Virginia gubernatorial election in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., October 30, 2021.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Miyares blamed the far-left policies of his opponent for creating a “mess” in Richmond in recent years.

“I like to say common sense hasn’t been very common in state government,” he said. “I mean, they’re trying to reduce from a felony to misdemeanor [for] assaulting a police officer. Getting rid of all mandatory minimums for drug dealers. They passed that bill that ended mandatory reporting requirement for sexual assault in schools…. so this is a movement.”

Miyares said his campaign has been centered around “Virginians supporting Virginians to get change. 

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., October 30, 2021.
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“People understand right now the stakes in Virginia,” he said.

Miyares is running against Democrat Mark Herring, who has served as the 47th Attorney General of Virginia since 2014.

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